Monday 23 October 2017

War-mongering hawks in US have not learnt from history

The suffering people in diverse and complex state of Syria need peace not drone strikes, explains Michael McDowell

GAFFE: US Secretary of State John Kerry's blunder over Syrian chemical weapons may prove a blessing in disguise for Obama
GAFFE: US Secretary of State John Kerry's blunder over Syrian chemical weapons may prove a blessing in disguise for Obama

Michael McDowell

Two weeks ago, it appeared that the hawks had won the argument over Syria. There was to be a campaign of missile and airstrikes to punish the Assad government by degrading its military assets. But the wheels fell off the hawks' wagon. In London, the Tories lost Labour support, and a backbench revolt ended William Hague's long-cherished ambitions to have the UK lead the charge in toppling the Assad government. Then the US Congress began to listen to the views of the American people who are overwhelmingly opposed to John McCain's war-mongering. The pathetic "moi aussi" policy of the French government also became derailed by public opinion.

Obama's "red line" in the sands of the Middle East was being blown away in a sandstorm of public antagonism to military intervention without UN support.

Flailing around to save face, the US administration blundered its way back from total humiliation in the person of John Kerry.

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